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This Week in Bobbleheads – Remainder of 2009 edition

At this point in the regular season of 2009 baseball only Major League giveaways remain, but that doesn’t mean that this part of the Bus Leagues Blog shuts down.  Over the course of the promotional offseason, I’ll go through the year that was such as favorites, unusuals, and invite all of you that read here the opportunity to shate some of your favorites as well.  As always it’s been a pleasure to add the collectibles aspect to this blog.

Los Angeles Dodgers 9/16/09 Manny Ramirez – First 50,000 – Manny mania demanded a curtain call, therefore a “Curtain Call”  bobblehead was created, complete with rasta hair, doorag, and hands raised.

Tampa Bay Rays 9/19/09 Matt Garza Figurine – First 10,000 – The fan favorite figurine is Garza who was a mainstay in their 2008 championship run, as well as the Mexican WBC team in 2009.

San Francisco Giants 9/24/09Lou Seal (Policeman) (Mascot) – Back by popular demand, the 2nd law enforcement night was created by the Giants.

Pittsburgh Pirates 9/25/09 Paul Maholm – Maholm is one of the fortunate few to remain with Pittsburgh all season, so a bobblehead is the reward thanks to a fan vote.

Arizona Diamondbacks 9/26/09 Mark Reynolds – First 25,000 – Reynolds can thank management for trading away Tony Pena and creating a fan vote runnerup bobble of Mark who has gone homer crazy in 2009.

Cleveland Indians 9/26/09 Grady Sizemore (Diving Catch) – Sizemore shows his athletic ability even in resin.

Kansas City Royals 9/26/09 George Brett Figurine – First 20,000 – The 3rd part of their HOF Bronze statuette series.

Chicago Cubs 9/29/09 Ferguson Jenkins – First 10,000 – Fergie will almost certainly have extras made for charity toward his foundation.

St. Louis Cardinals 10/2/09 Ozzie Smith – First 25,000 – Ozzie makes one of his signature diving plays in this rendition.

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What’s This – A Contest?

Well, sort of.

My wife and I went on a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend, making stops in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  I’ll have much more from the stop in Pittsburgh, including words AND pictures, but for now, let’s just leave it at this: we signed up to spin the prize wheel again and I won free tickets.  Again.

(Well, the slip says, “Discounted tickets”, but when I went on the web site to check, it said they were complimentary.  They’re probably free but upgradeable for a few dollars. Just my disclaimer.)

Unfortunately for me, I don’t think I’m going to get to Pittsburgh again before the last home game on September 28.  Fortunately for you, the readers, I’m offering them to you.  All you have to do is be the first to send me an email at onemoredyingquail@gmail.com.  My wife and I are traveling home today, so I’ll send the web site and entry code to the winner later on tonight.

The winner will also have the chance to write a post for Bus Leagues about their experience.

Just for reference, here are the remaining games on the Pirates schedule (all promotions except tomorrow’s are listed on the team’s pocket schedules and subject to change; news of tomorrow’s promo was brought to us by bobblehead guru Eric M:

Tuesday, 9/8/09 vs. Chicago – 7:05 – Arnold Palmer Bobblehead giveaway
Wednesday, 9/9/09 vs. Chicago – 12:35 – Pirates Alumni Autographs
Friday, 9/18/09 vs. San Diego – 7:05 – Pirates Fleece Blanket
Saturday, 9/19/09 vs. San Diego – 12:35 – Pirates Gold Cap
Sunday, 9/20/09 vs. San Diego – 1:35 – Kids Day (Pirate Parrot Build-A-Bear Workshop Day)
Monday, 9/21/09 vs. San Diego – 7:05
Tuesday, 9/22/09 vs. Cincinnati – 7:05
Wednesday, 9/23/09 vs. Cincinnati – 7:05
Thursday, 9/24/09 vs. Cincinnati – 12:35 – Pirates T-Shirt Thursday
Friday, 9/25/09 vs. Los Angeles – 7:05 – Fans Vote Bobblehead
Saturday, 9/26/09 vs. Los Angeles – 7:05 – Skyblast III featuring Zambelli Fireworks and Foreigner in concert
Sunday, 9/27/09 vs. Los Angeles – 1:35 – Fan Appreciation Day
Monday, 9/28/09 vs. Los Angeles – 12:35 – 2010 Magnetic Schedule/Pirates Alumni Autographs

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 23

Just got back from the Lannan bobblehead giveaway with a great story to share.   The Kinston Indians have a Taiwanese pitcher named Chen-Cheng Lee whom I’ve never seen pitch despite having seen the K-Tribe 3 times this season (Twice for bobblehead giveaways).   Joking with the pitching coach, I said hey how about putting Lee in this time since I never saw him throw the first 2 times.   He said ok and basically I thought he was just kidding.   Sure enough in the 8th, K-Tribe manager Chris Tremie signaled for Lee to get ready and he pitched the bottom half.   Happy as a lark, I snapped photos of Lee and watched him have 2Ks even though he gave up a meaningless HR in a Kinston win over Potomac.   Great times in the life of this Taiwanese player aficionado. Here’s the week ahead:

Memphis Redbirds 9/7/09 Colby Rasmus – First 1,500 – Great way to cap off the Redbirds season by giving one of its budding future Cardinal studs.

Reno Aces 9/7/09 Aceball – First 3,000 – The fan vote bobblehead in Reno features the mascot who appears when homers are hit.

Lowell Spinners 9/8/09 Extreme Blue The Frisbee Dog (Mascot) – First 1,500 – The regular season didn’t have any days left from this earlier rainout for this promo so they saved it for their playoff run.

Pittsburgh Pirates 9/8/09 Arnold Palmer – The Pirates celebrate the 80th birthday of this Latrobe, PA golf legend.

West Michigan Whitecaps 9/10/09 Jeremy Bonderman – First 1,000 – The Whitecaps have made a habit of playoff bobblehead giveaways, and this one features Bondo in a special jersey.

Arizona Diamondbacks 9/12/09 Augie Ojeda – First 25,000 – When the D-Backs traded Tony Pena to the White Sox, all hell broke loose in the Arizona bobbleworld. Ojeda was moved up to this day, which was originally scheduled to be Tony and Ojeda’s runner up was added as a final giveaway later on this month…Stay tuned.

Houston Astros 9/12/09 Jose Valverde – First 10,000 – Another animated closer bobblehead showing his tarzan-like antics upon celebrating a save.

Minnesota Twins 9/12/09 Jim Kaat Bronze Statuette – First 10,000 – Kitty still isn’t bronzed in Cooperstown but that hasn’t stopped the Twins from doing it at the Dome.

Detroit Tigers 9/13/09 Paws (Mascot) – All Kids 14 and under – This marks the first time the lovable tiger mascot is available as a giveaway at an MLB venue.

Florida Marlins 9/13/09 Hanley Ramirez – First 10,000 – When it comes to giving current Marlins out as figures, nobody comes to mind more than Han-Ram.

I’d also like to thank Southern Maryland BlueCrabs GM Chris Allen for the great hospitality Saturday night along with the Brooks Robinson and Roofman past giveaways. Good luck in the playoffs pal.

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 22

Where has the 2009 baseball season gone?  It seems like yesterday when teams had just started to break camp in AZ and FL and further disperse their minor league talent to respective cities and now this week begins 40 man roster expansion in MLB with minors races and playoffs to follow.  Here’s what’s coming up:

Chicago Cubs 8/31/09 Billy Williams – First 10,000 – One of the more popular cubbies of all-time. Williams was better known for hitting than for defense, but he made crucial catches in two different no-hitters by Cubs pitchers: Ken Holtzman in 1969, and Milt Pappas in 1972.

Lowell Spinners 8/31/09 Gary DiSarcina – First 1,500 – Lowell honors their 2009 manager after sporting an impressive MLB career mostly with the California Angels.

New Hampshire Fishercats 8/31/09 Ted Williams – First 2,000 – Another copycat from Lowell, this time of the Splendid Splinter flying a plane from his war days.

Trenton Thunder 8/31/09 Chien-Ming Wang Figurine – First 2,000 6 and up – This will be the 2nd statue of the most famous Taiwanese pitcher in MLB history thusfar.

St. Lucie Mets 9/1/09 Slider (Mascot) – First 250 – This time Slider will go to the adults.

Portand Seadogs 9/1/09 Jon Lester – First 2,000 – Boston’s #2 starter played a major role while he pitched at the AA level, thus he gets this honor.

Albuquerque Isotopes 9/3/09 Manny Ramirez – First 3,000 – This is the Isotopes 2nd opportunity to get a Manny bobblehead to their fanbase that honors the rehabber.

Hudson Valley Renegades 9/3/09 Paint Your Own Bobblehead – First 3,000 – Nobody really knows who it will be or what colors they will have, but how many different ways can you paint a raccoon?

Wisconsin Timberrattlers 9/3/09 Brett Lawrie – First 1,000 – Lawrie was the 2009 fan’s choice winner and a rising star to boot.

Delmarva Shorebirds 9/4/09 Matt Wieters – First 1,000 – Interesting that this is the only affiliate that is giving out Wieters that he has never actually played a game at.

Lansing Lugnuts 9/4/09 Carlos Marmol – First 1,000 – Marmol is now back in his closer role with the Cubbies and was always very popular at this affiliate.

Charleston Riverdogs 9/5/09 Paint Your Own Bobblehead – First 1,000 – Are you a budding artist? Then show off your skills when you come to the Joe for the Paint-it-Yourself Bobblehead giveaway. The first 1,000 fans this Saturday will receive a free plain bobblehead and a set of paints to decorate their player in their favorite team colors.

Cleveland Indians 9/5/09 Travis Hafner BobblePen Holder – This time Pronk is able to store pens instead of swinging his huge bat; interesting concept!!!

Wilmington BlueRocks 9/5/09 Andrew Layman – First 1,000 – The 2009 fan favorite bobblehead of the Rocks denotes their Asst. GM which becomes their 2nd front office bobblehead after Chris Kemple was honored a few years ago.

New York Mets 9/6/09 Frankie Rodriguez – First 25,000 – Krod comes to the Mets after setting an MLB record for saves with Anaheim and also sporting 2 bobbleheads while in their system.

Potomac Nationals 9/6/09 John Lannan – First 1,000 – The PNats will try again to distribute the Chaminade grad after an earlier rainout.

Vancouver Canadians 9/6/09 A&W Root Bear (Mascot) – First 500 – Ahh I got it now…Root Beer, Root Bear…HA HA.

I’m debating making a trip for the final long weekend of the minors season and just looking to calculate distances and midpoints. Anyone who is interested in helping me plan feel free to get in touch with me.

Promotions, Promotions Everywhere

There is a promotion happening in the next section over, led by Morgan, who carried Kevin Gray’s team in the homerun derby. My wife: “We should be doing that. She’s your friend. Hook it up.” Um, yeah, right. We’re close. Totally.

The Fisher Cats are doing a really cool thing. Tonight’s game, as mentioned, was supposed to be a doubleheader. To make it up to fans, they’re offering to exchange the ticket stub from tonight’s game to either the last home game of the season on Monday or any April home game next season.

Kalish has hit the ball well tonight – just pulled a rope down the line for an RBI double.

File This One Under, “The NCAA Is Stupid”

The story of the Fort Myers Miracle and their scheduled “What Would Tim Tebow Do?” promotion has been all over the internet for the past few days.  Basically, the team had planned the promotion for months, only to receive a cease and desist email on the morning of the event.

I probably would’ve let it pass without comment, but this snippet of the email, published by USA Today, made me reconsider:

“Under NCAA rules, it is not permissible to use the name or picture of a student-athlete in the promotion of a commercial product or service,” said the letter, written by Florida senior associate athletic director Jamie McCloskey and copied to Florida coach Urban Meyer. “Failure to abide by this rule would result in the student-athlete being ruled ineligible.”

Translation: “Hey, you are not allowed to make money by using the name or image of this fine, upstanding, amateur student-athlete.  Only we’re allowed to do that.”

The NCAA should just come clean, admit that it’s a professional league, and be done with it.  Or at least begin offering “Professional Sports” as a major.

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 21

Nice week for me, Melancon bobblehead on Wednesday in Trenton, Lowrie bobblehead in Wilmington on Friday, capped off by having Melancon sign the afformentioned giveaway for me last night in front of his mom and fiancee during my Scranton roadtrip. Pretty amazing I must say. Here’s week 21:

San Francisco Giants 8/25/09 Carlos Santana – Santana the popular hispanic musician is being given as part of a Latino night promotion, complete with guitar.

New Hampshire Fishercats 8/26/09 Jonathan Papelbon (Bobble Leg) – First 2,000 – Once again the Fishercats dig deep into Lowell Spinners history and copycat another bobblehead from them while sticking on a local sponsor. That’s just wrong.

Albuquerque Isotopes  8/27/09 Manny Ramirez – First 3,000 – Probably some Dodger leftovers but at least he rehabbed there before being reinstated from his PED suspension.

Lowell Spinners 8/27/09 Micky Ward – First 1,500 – Ward won three New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur before turning pro in 1985. He was coached by former New England Olympic Champion John Peverada (of Portland Maine). He started off 14-0 in his professional career, but after a stretch of defeats in the early 1990s, Ward hung up the gloves for a period of three years. He returned in 1994 with a vengeance, winning nine straight fights and earning some fights against big name fighters like Arturo Gatti.

Norfolk Tides 8/28/09 Mark Reynolds, Ryan Zimmerman, Bruce Smith(Set of 3) – 200 Fans – A Lucky 200 fans will receive the 2009 neighborhood heroes set…Drawing via lottery.

Palm Beach Cardinals 8/28/09 Albert Pujols – First 1,000 – The Florida State League affiliate honors their parent club’s MVP.

San Angelo Colts 8/28/09 Casey (Mascot) – First 1,000 – The Texas independent league team once again gives out their mascot, hopefully in a different pose from other years.

Tulsa Drillers 8/28/09 Jeff Francis/Matt Holliday/Mark Teixeira Triple – First 1,000 – This magnificent triple bobblehead is the final in the decade all-star series.

Hagerstown Suns 8/29/09 Vernon Wells Bronze Statuette – First 1,000 – Part of the Suns HOF statuette series.

Kane County Cougars 8/29/09 Ozzie (Mascot) – First 1,000 – No good alumni from the Cougars this season so Ozzie makes the perfect choice one more time.

Lowell Spinners 8/29/09 Extreme Blue The Frisbee Dog (Mascot) – First 1,500 – One of the few frisbee catching dog mascot sideshows around the minors.

Rockford Riverhawks 8/29/09 Sammy Sosa – First 1,000 – Last of the retro Rockford Cubbie series, cork or roids not included.

Round Rock Express 8/29/09 Sam Houston – First 3,000 – One of the most famous politicians in US History gets his due.

St. Paul Saints 8/29/09 Paint Your Own Bobblehead – First 2,500 – Remember the words of Obama, if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig!!! Now you can paint your own.

Beloit Snappers 8/30/09 Kyle Weaver – First 500 – Current NBA Star and former Beloit Memorial High School Stand out Kyle Weaver will be honored by the Snappers in the final edition of the 2009 Bobblehead giveaways.

Milwaukee Brewers 8/30/09 Jeff Suppan – During 2009 Spring Training in Maryvale, AZ I congratulated Soupy for finally reaching bobblenirvana… We shared a good laugh of course.

St. Louis Cardinals 8/30/09 Adam Wainwright – First 25,000 fans – Wainright figures finally graduate to MLB status after having minor league bobbleheads in Memphis as a Cardinal and Myrtle Beach while still a Brave.

San Francisco Giants 8/30/09 Randy Johnson – First 20,000 – A late season addition to the Giants promo lineup that pays tribute for the latest 300 game winner in MLB history.

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